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A 17-year-old female asked:

Dose plax anti plaque dental rinse help reduce tartar?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Its OK.: Otc rinses are only effective with good oral care habits. Plax or listerine or any other is not a substitute for brushing and flossing; it is an enhancement to an already active home care process. If you really want to reduce tartar, be certain to visit your dental hygienist every 3-6 months depending on how much tartar you accumulate. This will keep you and your mouth clean and healthy.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Minimally: The primary way to reduce\prevent tartar buildup is with proper thorough tooth brushing and flossing, along with a healthy diet and routine checkups\cleanings at your dentist. Other methods such as rinses may help minimally, but to not replace proper home care, nor are they really necessary. Can it help? Yes. Is it essential? No.
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Dr. Dave Burns
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Part of total: Rinses are part of the whole process so please use. Regular cleanings, brushing, flossing probably higher importance.
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Last updated May 9, 2014
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